I am a newbie here, so please excuse me if I am asking dumb questions or making a nuisance of myself.
My back ground is in building custom motorcycles especially HD's. General steel fabrication and leather work. My wood work skills are a bit lacking to say the least. A few years ago, I watched a carpenter using a router and got talking to him about the machine he was using. He even let me have a play on some scrap timber. That led to him advising me to go to a local tool supplier and timber yard. That place is tool heaven. (As a new guy I am not sure if I am allowed to mention the name of the place). Masses of woodworking tools all under one roof, I spent a couple of hours in there just looking around.
While I was at the store, I found a notice board that had an advert for Routing Classes for beginners. The instructor worked at the store and offered me a discounted rate to attend one of his courses. £75.00 for a one day course, "Introduction to Routing"with four other guys in a proper classroom/workshop. All tools and timber supplied including a light lunch. Sounded a bargain so I went for it.
Only problem is that since I did the course, I have had a mini stroke which has affected my memory. I have forgotten a lot of what I was taught. We used TREND Routers on the course, which were available in the tool store. At the time I could not afford to buy one.
However, when I got home after the course, I went on ebay to see if there was anything available in my price range. I had a blinding bit of luck and found an unwanted Christmas gift. The Router was the exact model I had used on the course and came with an all steel bench and a small selection of bits. Right time and right place. I won the auction for less than half the price of the special offer deals.
When the Router arrived, I was quite surprised to find it was packed in two rather large boxes. Very well packed and lots of bits that came with it. None of the items had been used, there was a note from the seller wishing me good luck with it.
Hardly used the machine since then. At the moment it is packed away in a large storage container while I build my new barn/workshop. Once the new barn is complete, I will be unpacking it and setting it all up properly.
Any advice on what to do first before I create a pile of expensive scrap timber, that SHOULD look like hardwood window frames? I was thinking of trying a few corner joints using some off cuts of pine. Trying to remember how to select and prepare the timber. That sort of thing.
Any pointers would be very much appreciated. Thanks for reading my post.